Trump Tax Returns – One Temporary Victory

By Faye Higbee

The President Trump tax returns have been the subject of so many lawsuits it could keep a team of lawyers busy until h*** freezes over. California passed a law that demands he turn over the tax returns or not be placed on the ballot for the Primary in 2020. That’ll go into litigation. On Thursday, a Federal Judge gave Trump another at least temporary victory by blocking the Ways and Means Committee from receiving his New York State tax returns.

The ruling is only temporary, and has to do with which court should actually hear the matter. Judge Carl Nichols (a Trump appointee) ruled that Chairman Richard Neal should not request any more of Trump’s financial documents temporarily until the issues are settled.

The Hill noted on August 1:

In his order, Nichols set a schedule for the New York officials to argue their motion to dismiss. And he ordered the New York officials to not provide the Ways and Means Committee with any requested tax information about Trump until one week after he issues a ruling on their motion.

Nichols also directed the New York officials to notify the court and Trump if Neal requests Trump’s state tax returns during the period of time in which the state can’t provide the returns under the order

Other Presidents have voluntarily released their tax returns, but candidates are NOT required by Federal Law to do so. This quagmire of state laws must be navigated. It’s harassment, plain and simple.

Most of the recent court developments in the tax return fight relate to the lawsuit over the New York law.

Trump on Wednesday filed an emergency application, asking a judge to enjoin Neal from requesting his New York tax returns until the president has an opportunity to be heard in court. The Ways and Means Committee is objecting to the motion, arguing that courts lack jurisdiction to bar it from utilizing the New York law.

Trump also argued that the two tax return lawsuits are related and should be heard by the same judge, while the New York officials who are defendants in his lawsuit disagreed.

The Hill on July 28

The fight over the Trump tax returns continues. Congress wants them to harass and attack him rather than for a legitimate purpose. Fighting for privacy appears to be a bad thing if you ask Democrats.

Featured photo: Screenshot file

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